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Title

The sacrifice of Polyxena

(1680s)


Artists

Pietro Aquila

Italy

1650 - 1692

after Pietro da Cortona

Italy

1596 - 1669


About

Polyxena, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecabe, was taken by Agamemnon after the fall of Troy. She was sacrificed on the Thracian coast to appease the ghost of Achilles and to ensure fair weather and safe sailing.


Details


Date

(1680s)


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

43.8 x 62.6 cm platemark (irreg.); 51.0 x 76.1 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1979


Location

Not on display


Accession number

238.1979


Artist information

Pietro Aquila

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Pietro da Cortona

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 6. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers